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I D ing an antique hutch.

Hi all. I'm an amateur who just loves wood. I come up with questions all the time so it was just a matter of time before I joined a forum like this. I am currently refinishing a beautiful cherry hutch. Its got lovely lines and is, I believe, at least 100 years old. My question is about the identity of the maker. Attached is the mark. W.D. Anson Co. I think. Anyone know anything? Thanks.
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Sorry, I don't know why it didn't attach but it's a 2 1/2 inch diameter circle enclosing a capital A with a ribbon across it w the name, as far as I can tell, W.D. Anson Co. I've heard of pieces in a style called Anson (nightstands, bookcases, etc.). Wondering if this might be one of those.
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Sorry, I don't know why it didn't attach but it's a 2 1/2 inch diameter circle enclosing a capital A with a ribbon across it w the name, as far as I can tell, W.D. Anson Co. I've heard of pieces in a style called Anson (nightstands, bookcases, etc.). Wondering if this might be one of those.

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I have seen antiques with a name stamped on it and it was the retail furniture store and not the manufacturer.
Sometimes the makers name is marked on the underside of one of the drawers the underside of the top or bottom.
Sometimes the mark will show the town and state.

Also look at the inside as well as the outside of the rear panels

And why do you believe it is 100 years old?
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searching turns up multiple furniture pieces - modern styes - as if Anson is now a 'design house'
except this one:
https://www.woodbridgefurniture.com/...case-7516.html
which is the only 'example' of non-modern I found.
genealogy sites turn up lots of Anson in North Carolina - which is woodworking country . . .



but not much info turns up on 'historical' manufacture by that name / other.
Winterthur Museum has a large collection of American made stuff - you could contact them - perhaps they would have some info.
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I think the real problem will be in that era there were probably a million little shops in this country making furniture. The furniture was probably made by a little shop with only a couple of people working there and when the shop closed up was forgotten. They were probably selling furniture to a local store which the store was putting their name on the furniture rather than the little shop making it. I have furniture in my house that has a label from a furniture company in my home town which I know never built anything themselves.
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if you are that interested, join Ancestry.com. Obviously, W.D. Anson is a name.

I would look it up nation wide and not limit myself to the Carolinas.

Anyway, if you cant find it on the internet, there is a high probability that W.B Anson was not famous. That immediately lessens the chance of any major value to the piece. Of course, this is only true if the piece is not something spectacular in the way of design and craftsmanship.

And since we have not heard back from you, we don't know how you came up with the 100 year old stuff. Back in the 1970's there was a large influx of "antique" furniture coming into the US from Ireland. Many antique dealers here in the US were fooled by it. This was the same time frame that a lot of scrimshaw was coming from Ireland made by Irish prisoners. They too fooled the US antique dealers for a long while. Or maybe the antique dealers were not fooled, but led their customers to believe so. No one particularly cared either way because these pieces were not all that great looking and so didn't sell for all that much The point being, it may not be old or valuable so just enjoy it for what it is.

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